Our Time Down Here Announce Final UK Dates; Band Statement Released

Following news of their plans to split up, Our Time Down Here have announced eight of their final nine shows.

Support comes from Grader.

May
30th Unit, Southampton
31st Karma Kafe, Norwich
June
1st The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
2nd Camden Barfly, London
3rd Jack Murphys, Swansea
4th The Cockpit, Leeds
5th The Scene, Lincoln
6th Wahlbar, Manchester

In addition the band released a statement about the split, which can be viewed by clicking read more.

“So in case you haven’t seen the video, we are splitting up.

Our Time Down Here have been active since 2006, and 2013 will be the last we will be in action.

It’s difficult to put 7 years of stories, erratic ups and downs, the colossal amount of time we’ve spent in vans or cars on the way to shows or thank the huge amount of people who have made this band possible into this one post.

What I will say is that for the years we have been active, this band has been everything to us.

I remember vividly being 19 years old, in our first year of properly touring and living in a studio apartment in Shirley, Southampton in the winter. I shared the building with numerous other fuck ups and drug dealers who used to steal my vinyl packages when they came through the post, thinking they might be worth money. There were rats in the walls, at night I could hear them clawing through the dry wall by my head. The electricity meter which was occupied the one corner of the apartment that wasn’t filled by the oven, my bed or the door ran on pound coins which I inserted manually like a machine at a fairground. The worlds shittiest fair ground.

I returned home after the tour, freezing, penniless and miserable. I literally got out of the van, got inside, threw my bag down and wrapped myself in every piece of clothing I had and sat their quietly crying and shaking on the bed as the man next door argued with his ex wife as loud as he could on the phone.

The next day I went to a friends and applied for university online. I ended up being accepted on a few different courses, all of which would have involved me moving away from Southampton to London and quitting this band.

I was sick of working awful jobs, I was sick of going out on nights out with no money and I was sick of feeling I was going nowhere.

But sometimes when life hands you lemons, you have to make records. I decided at the very last minute to stay here and work on a band that honestly had no exact aspiration or goal. We went on to record a record called live.love.let go. later that year with peter miles.

I’m not sure looking back at that decision at 25, if other people would see it as worth it. But I guess I still do.

I think most of the dudes in UK punk seem to have a similar story to this, I just thought I’d share mine. We’ll write more about the reasons we split in the coming month, but rest assured we are all still very tight friends. Thank you everyone, I hope you have enjoyed tonight’s announcement on facebook.

x Will + OTDH”

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